When visiting San Cristobal in the Galapagos, the Highlands are a very different environment than the main town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You may experience cold and mist at this elevation of up to 2,400’, so bringing a rain jacket or extra layer. There are three typical destinations on a tour of San Cristobal’s highlands: El Junco Lake, Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center, and Puerto Chino Beach. You can go on a tour group or rent a private driver for the day – the latter of which is approximately $60.
If you’re interested in viewing the iconic Galapagos Tortoise on San Cristobal Island, head to Galapaguera. The breeding center brings up tortoises in a semi-natural habitat and plans to release them into the wild. At first I was excited to simply see the tortoises lurking 50 feet away, feeding in the brush. Then they started appearing closer to the path, this place is loaded with them.
Later we ended up in the middle of a feeding frenzy.
Generally the tortoises are solitary, but they all know when feeding time is and make their way to the buffet.
There is a pen with babies at various ages and a visitors center.
Along the woodsy pathways in are plaques with information on tortoises mating and life cycle. Also, there are environmental facts pointing out endemic plants,
however the plants aren’t always right beside them so keep your eyes peeled.
We certainly learned some curious tidbits
while walking around this wonderful and free establishment.